Welcome to the Year 8 Induction area

This page will provide you with information about the Year 8 Induction process. Here you will find links to the Parent and Pupil Booklets, forms which need to be completed and useful videos which will introduce you to many of the activities which are part of Year 8 life at Ashfield Girls’ High School.

Ashfield Girls' motto is “Each Different. Each Talented. All Valued.”

We hope that this area will give you some insight into the opportunities available to Ashfield pupils and we look forward to welcoming all the new Year 8 pupils to our school community.

Induction Information

Key Information Form to be completed by a Parent / Carer
Timetable for Induction Week in August 2022

Important Information for Parents and Carers

School Uniform and Suppliers
Free School Meals and Uniform Grants Information Checklist
Free School Meals and Uniform Grants EA Website

School Gateway

Introducing School Gateway... from School Gateway on Vimeo.

Music Lessons

Music lessons information PDF
Register interest in Music lessons Form

SEN Information

Starting Year 8 Guidance for Parents PDF
Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice Information Leaflet

Induction Booklets

Induction Videos

Tour of the School

Transition to Secondary School


Pupil Questions

You will learn about three key concepts that will give you the knowledge, skills and values that will help you to make appropriate lifestyle choices.

The ‘Healthy Eating’ key concept helps develop your understanding of food choice, planning, storage, preparation, cooking and serving. In Years 8, 9 and 10 you will practise food preparation methods like chopping, dicing, grating, kneading, peeling, blending, mixing, whisking, basting and sifting. You'll also learn lots of cooking methods like baking, roasting, grilling, griddling, searing, stir frying, frying, steaming, poaching, simmering, boiling and blanching.

The ‘Home and Family Life’ key concept provides opportunities for you to understand the importance of family as a caring unit and exploring the ‘Independent Living’ key concept helps you become a sensible consumer and effective manager of resources.

Normally you will cook something every other week. You will build up your practical skills in a variety of ways throughout Year 8. Hopefully you will learn to make the following:
super smoothie; apple crunch; pasta and sauce; Christmas truffles; pancakes; cous cous; vegetable stir fry; fruit salad and a healthy burger.

You will have three French lessons every 2 weeks.

You will learn how to introduce yourself and how to talk about your family, your pets, school and where you live.

Parent Questions

Your daughter will be tested when she joins the school and based on those results, she may be entitled to some extra Literacy support from the Park Outreach teacher. This support comes from the Education Authority (EA). There is, unfortunately, no EA post-primary support for Maths.

However, your daughter may be provided with some differentiated classwork/homework, receive an Individual Education Plan with specific targets to assist her learning or have access to a classroom assistant in her class.

Classroom assistants are also available every day after school to assist with homework or catch up work.

We try to keep this to a minimum so as not to disrupt your child's learning. However, if it is necessary and can’t be arranged outside school hours, you should send a letter to your child's form tutor who will give her permission to leave school. We encourage pupils to come back as soon as the appointment is over.

This depends on the nature of the problem. If the concern is curriculum based, contact the subject teacher. If the concern is not subject specific, the first point of contact should be her form tutor. The Heads of Progress are also available for support.